Safety

  1. On the Front Line in Rio de Janerio

    The closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England ushered in a samba-infused carnival of pageantry, music and color that would mark the official start of the global anticipation that has been building up the last four years and is finally upon us; the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The first for the country, and for the continent of South America in general, has travelers and sports fanatics alike hoping to immerse themselves in...

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  2. Healthy Travel Tips for Seniors

    Written by: Monica Montesa

      Traveling the world without having to return to the responsibilities of work is a major perk of entering your Golden Years. However, many people often grow discouraged by the idea that their medical conditions and/or disabilities may prevent them from doing so. Fortunately, traveling is easier and safer than ever before for seniors, so you can satisfy your wanderlust at almost any age.   Despite the ease and safety of traveling, however, it’s important for seniors to properly...

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  3. Safety Tips for Exercising in the Heat

    Written by: Monica Montesa

    Exercising in the beautiful outdoors can be a major perk of traveling to a warm, tropical location. Not only does the weather make it more enjoyable to work out, but it also provides a unique opportunity to further explore a new destination from a local’s perspective. However, if you’re going for a run or bike ride through the streets when it’s unbearably hot outside, it’s important to make sure that you’re staying safe as well. When you expose yourself...

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  4. Beach Safety Tips

    Written by: Monica Montesa

    We’re at the peak of summer, which means one thing for many of us: relaxing trips to the beach. But as carefree as a day or vacation at the beach might be, it’s still important to take extra safety precautions to ensure a fun time throughout your entire stay. Decrease your chances of summer risks that range from water-related injuries to melanoma. Here’s how to protect yourself and your loved ones from danger at the beach: Learn How to Swim:...

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  5. Safety Tips for Traveling to a Developing Country

    Written by: Monica Montesa

    Whether you’re going on vacation or your first voluntourism trip, traveling to a developing country requires a lot of extra preparation. Not only will you need to pack additional items, but you’ll also need to do some research and mentally prepare yourself for your destination—especially if you’ve never been there before. While immersing yourself into different cultures and lifestyles can be a truly rewarding experience, it’s still important to follow standard safety practices. Here are some ways to have...

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  6. Are Cruises Safe?

    Written by: Monica Montesa

    We’ve heard enough stories about cruise ship disasters this year—not to mention last year’s tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise liner—to believe that a floating city is a breeding ground for danger. But are cruises really dangerous? Despite recent events, accidents are rare. Nearly 14 million people cruise each year on major lines, and cruising is actually one of the safest ways to travel. For starters, safety is taken into serious consideration before ships are even built. The...

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  7. Safety Tips for Kids Flying Alone

    Written by: Monica Montesa

    If the thought of sending your child on a plane by herself sends you into instant panic mode, you’re not alone. Tons of parents who have no other choice but to send their son or daughter alone on a plane feel the same way. Thankfully, most airlines have established specific procedures to assist unaccompanied minors and ensure your child gets to her destination safely. Since the rules differ with each airline, you should first and foremost research the particular...

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  8. A Travel Warning Has Been Issued, But You’re Already There

    Written by: Monica Montesa

    Just as anything can happen when you’re home, so too can the unexpected occur when you’re traveling in a foreign country. From a sudden outbreak of violent political protests to natural disasters, such as an earthquake or tsunami, events can build over time or strike without warning. And even though most countries release travel alerts or warnings to its citizens planning on visiting the area, we can’t help but wonder, What happens if you’re already there? Finding yourself in...

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  9. Are Cruise Ships Too Big To Be Safe?

    Written by: John Miller

    The litany of cruise ship mishaps reached comical proportions in the last 12 months. Well except for the fact that it isn’t funny when ships catch fire and passengers’ lives are imperiled. And the New York Times’ Jad Mouawad is reporting that safety experts say a big part of the problem may be the sheer size of cruise ships today. Thirty years ago, the biggest cruise ship was 46,000 tons. Today, the biggest cruisers are almost 500 percent bigger...

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  10. Most Dangerous Roads Around the World

    Written by: Monica Montesa

    If you have a license and drive frequently, you likely know the rules of the road by now, as well as what to expect. You know which areas are the most congested at certain times of the day, where you’re most likely to get cut off, or roads that are lined with pot holes. But when you’re in a foreign country, there’s a good chance that traffic rules or the quality of the roads will be vastly different. Renting...

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